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Milestones & Extensions: Orlando Theme Parks Doing Well

Hogwarts Express at Universal Studios

Hogwarts Express Milestone

One day short of a full month, Universal Orlando reached a milestone of transporting 1 million passengers on the Hogwarts Express! The train that connects the Harry Potter attractions within Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure theme parks has been so efficient, the million passenger mark has come quicker than many expected.

When the new theme park attraction opened on July 8th, Universal was hoping to send out one set (2 trains) every 10 minutes. However, they have stepped it up a notch and are now launching trains about every 8 minutes. No small feat when you are talking about roughly 185 guests each trip. Hopefully, Diagon Alley will begin to see improvements in the Gringotts ride which remains less efficient than hoped. Surely all of those magic wands can cast a spell to make a million milestone there soon.

Disney Extends Frozen Event

"Frozen Summer Fun Live!" at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Another somewhat surprising announcement made this week came from Walt Disney World. They have extended the “Frozen” summer special event for an additional four weeks. This has been extremely popular for park guests, and Disney is not in a hurry to see the crowds go. Instead of ending September 1, 2014, the special event will continue through the 28th. However, after September 1, the “Frozen Fireworks” will only be featured on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

If you’ve not experienced the Frozen fun yet this summer, you now you have a few more weeks to join Anna, Elsa, Olaf and friends. Go ice skating (additional fee), play in the snow, sing along, or see them in the parade. It is sure to bring a few chills!

Congratulations to both of these Orlando theme parks! It is great to see such milestones being reached, and extensions being made when something is working so well. Like these larger attractions, Capone’s Dinner & Show continues its success with a hilarious show that is suitable for all ages. If it has been awhile since you’ve visited our theatre, you need to return! If you’ve never experienced our speakeasy, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. The gang will treat you like “family.”

Diagon Alley Set to Officially Open July 8

All eyes are on Universal Studios these days. With the announcement that Diagon Alley would be open to the public July 8, 2014, the media are being allowed limited access to help promote the Orlando theme park’s new attraction. Reports are, that not everything is complete, but close. On top of this opening announcement, the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon has been broadcasting from Universal this week. A lot of movie stars are being spotted and numerous special activities are going on.

Grand Opening of Diagon Alley

Diagon Alley

Everyone has a good view of the fire-breathing dragon atop Gringotts Bank, and it is impressive. As expected, the interior is impressive as well. The rides are being tested and at this point no delays are expected. The shops, and there are a lot of shops, appear to be ready for business. Going to Diagon Alley in the movies was all about shopping, and in real life, at least here at Universal Studios, it is the same.

Shops include:

  • Leaky Cauldron™
  • Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour
  • Ollivanders™
  • PWeasleys’ Wizard Wheezes
  • Borgin and Burkes
  • Magical Menagerie™
  • Madam Malkin’s Robes for all Occasions
  • Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment
  • Quality Quidditch™ Supplies

Shops at Diagon Alley at Universal Studios

Magical Wands & More

Wave the wand and be a part of the magic. The new interactive wands being sold (for about $35) in Diagon Alley are a hit. Various locations within the Orlando theme park allow wand holders to create a little magic by waving their wand and reciting some magical words. This will be a lot of fun for children and adults.

The ride on Hogwarts Express has been reviewed by the actors in the movies. They say the scenery is remarkably like a view you’d have on a train in England. Journey between the theme parks and enjoy full access to all that Universal Studios has to offer. You may not believe you’re in Orlando any longer!

Soft openings of this new attraction could be held at any time. If you are an annual passholder, you could attend the theme park every day and have a change to be one of the first to ride the new Escape from Gringotts ride.  This breathtaking, mind-blowing, new, 3D multi-dimensional ride is definitely going to be memorable!

Now that the opening date has been announced, will you go to Diagon Alley right away?  Let us know when you expect to experience this new attraction by leaving a comment here on Al’s blog. As for this Muggle, I’ll wait until the crowds die down.